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Writing Publishable Manuscripts for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Status

2nd Term
Mental Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Monday, 1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Students must begin the course with a well-formulated idea for an empirical research paper and completed (or near completed) data analysis.

Provides training in the preparation of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, with a focus on empirical papers and systematic reviews. Develops students' ability to serve as reviewers and critically evaluate the written work of peers. Covers topics relevant to effective communication and dissemination of ideas, including journal selection, preparation of cover letters, and responses to reviewers. Incorporates student critiques of other students' works in progress and writing accountability group (WAG) activities.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate how to formulate and organize an empirical paper and systematic review
  2. Produce a manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal
  3. Offer critical feedback as a peer reviewer
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 25% Participation
  • 25% Peer-feedback
  • 50% Final Paper
Enrollment Restriction
Enrollment is restricted to PhD students in the second year or beyond.
Special Comments

This is the virtual/online section of a course also held onsite. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.